Alcohol addiction: love that kills
Feb 26, 2019
The main danger of alcoholic addiction is that the decay of body and mind happens slowly and gradually, without the addict noticing. This addiction is like a rocket going straight to hell, throwing away human qualities and social norms in stages. First an addict loses interest in their social standing, then their work, and afterwards they lose interest towards their family. They stop caring about their appearance, then about their health. As the result, they experience complete social and physical degradation, which results in premature death.
Each alcohol addict has their own “flight history”. For some it may be for a couple of years, while others could be experiencing it for decades. However, if you don’t eject yourself from this rocket, it will definitely reach its destination, with you in it.
The truth about intoxicated euphoria
Not many people know what intoxicated euphoria really is. It is related, as you can guess, to alcoholic intoxication. Alcohol is a poison, and the body tries to protect itself by releasing necessary substances into the circulation system. A person experiences this state like a feeling of euphoria.
Moreover, the body gradually adapts to the constant alcohol intake, so an addict needs to consume more and more in order to achieve the state of euphoria. As each person has their own lethal dose of alcohol, that is when the game with death begins. It usually takes some years to reach that lethal dose. During this period, people undergo social and mental decay. The speed of such decay depends upon the procedure of the hormonal disorder in the body.
The psychological side of this addiction is related both to the acquired mode of behavior and to the disturbed metabolism. It is after the intake of alcohol when the body starts to produce endorphins and other “happy hormones”. The world soon starts to feel pale, painful and unbearable.
The Brain function of a healthy person
The brain plays an important role in an individual’s emotional life. For example, it reacts to interactions with a close friend or pleasant company by releasing dopamine, which is often referred to as a “happy hormone”. When this happens, pleasant emotions are experienced.
In ancient Persia scholars distinguished the three most euphoric states for a man:
- the first was when speaking to his child;
- the second was when speaking to his lover;
- the third one was when speaking to his parents.
As you can see, all three are related to interactions with one’s family. If we apply this to our modern society, we can add to these euphoric states others which happen when we interact with our friends and co-workers or when we engage in favorite work or hobbies etc.
The brain function of an alcohol addict
All the states listed above are related to the functions of a healthy psychovegetative system within a person. Alcohol addicts, however, are more dysfunctional. Their hormone system does not respond to social interactions. They may still have friends, but talking to them does not invoke euphoria. They may have children, but raising them does not bring pleasure. They may have a spouse, but the sexual life within them is not fulfilled without alcohol. The whole world feels somber and unbearable without alcohol. This is a mental pit that awaits all alcoholics, sooner or later. One day the only joy they can obtain is through alcohol and their behavior is related to its abuse.
Can we help an addict in this situation? Of course, we can. However, as you may have learned from medical information, it is difficult. There are a lot of official ways to treat addiction, and among them, the work of a psychologist is the most important. There are two tasks in freeing a person from addiction. The first is to modify the addict’s behavior. The second is to restore the psychovegetative system in the body, which includes hormonal responses. This should be done through psychology – there are no drug-induced methods of restoring psychovegetative processes damaged by alcohol consumption. The helping psychologist must have a solid knowledge of the processes that connect the psychovegetative system with a person’s behavior. This system and consequential behavior affect each other, and this relationship becomes the key to success in therapy.
If a person developed the problem by adopting an incorrect mode of behavior, then it can be fixed by modifying behavior. This is the main principle of behavioral psychotherapy.
Never lose hope. Specialists wielding this method will help you or your loved one to overcome addiction.
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